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Home | Events Archive | The Code of Capital. How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality
Seminar

The Code of Capital. How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality


  • Location
    Amsterdam Law School (Nieuwe Achtergracht 166), building REC A, room A5.24
    Amsterdam
  • Date and time

    October 29, 2019
    16:00 - 17:15

Capital is not a thing; rather capital is the product of an object, claim to future cash-flows, or an idea and the legal code. In principle, any asset can be turned into capital, or private wealth, by using the elements of the code to imbue these assets with priority, durability, convertibility, and universality. A handful of legal elements have been used over the past 400 years to code first land and later firms, debt, and ideas into capital, namely property rights, collateral law, trust, corporate, bankruptcy and contract. This works, because states back legal coding strategies with their coercive powers. Further, they back not only assets that are coded in their own, domestic law, but also assets that are coded in foreign law. Global capitalism configured in only few legal systems, a menu of options from which sophisticated lawyers, the masters of the code, will pick and choose.


If you wish to attend, please register before October 27 by sending an email to: acle@uva.nl

Click here for a one-on-one meeting with Professor Pistor: link

For more information, visit ACLE webpage.